Students rise to the challenge!

23 January 2018

Congratulations to Harry May who, after several weeks of researching, designing and building set designs for Strauss’s Opera Salome, was chosen to represent Palmer’s College for this year’s Royal Opera House Design Challenge. Harry used a variety of hand-sculpted scale model making techniques along with Computer Aided Design elements which were 3D Printed to express his design ideas for Salome. Runner up Stacey Pavitt’s design was a close second with her intricate hand-crafted models and ornate attention to detail.

The first year A-Level 3D Design class worked in teams to build their stages and then each student created their own set design based on the opera. They visited the V&A Museum exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power & Politics as part of their research and winners of the Design Challenge competition will be invited to exhibit their work as part of the same exhibition at the V&A Museum on Friday 9 February 2018. Winners will also be invited to see a matinee performance at the Royal Opera House in half term, including a backstage tour and some time with the industry professionals in the relevant ROH department on Friday 16th February. Fingers crossed for Harry!

Palmer’s College is part of Thurrock Trailblazer as set up by the Royal Opera House, and take part in many exciting opportunities provided by the ROH and the Trailblazer team. We are exceptionally lucky to be part of this amazing programme and look forward to future trips and visits, competitions and in-college workshops.

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